Anime & Manga

Women in Anime: Empowered or Undermined?

July 29, 2016 // 4 Comments

Anime has risen over the last decade from a relatively obscure niche to a staple of pop culture. If you want to watch the latest series from Japan, you no longer have to go to your local VHS shop and hope that they have it in stock. Now, you can find any show you want, watch anything you want, whenever you want. In fact, anime is now so popular that people have written entire books filled with essays on the subject. I remember reading one, a long time ago, and one essay in particular. It //

Bucky Barnes: Living with a Bionic Limb

March 13, 2016 // 0 Comments

Science in Popular Culture is a column by contributor Jae Bailey. In this column, Jae explores the science and technology of bionic limbs, arc reactors, and Death Stars in popular culture. Welcome back to Part Three of the Science in Popular Culture series! In Part One, I wrote about what it might be like for Iron Man to live with an arc reactor in his chest. This time I’ll focus on what life with a metal limb might be like for Edward Elric from Full Metal Alchemist, Marvel’s //

Sword Art Online: When Bad Story Arcs Happen To Good Anime

December 22, 2015 // 1 Comment

WARNING: This article may contain spoilers. With two seasons on the books and a highly anticipated third season almost guaranteed, Sword Art Online has been taking the anime world by storm for the better part of two years. A number of my regular sources for all that’s hip and happening repeatedly and emphatically raved about the anime, and after enough poking and prodding, I finally watched the first 13 episodes on Netflix. What I found was all the makings of an incredible anime. A //

Your Lie in April Recap

October 20, 2015 // 1 Comment

Kousei Arima is a damaged former pianist who limits human interactions to his two best friends. Kaori Miyazono is a wild violinist who bursts into his life uninvited. Without hesitation, Kaori rapidly fills Kousei’s monotone life with vivid color. Kousei’s heart won’t let him play his instrument, but Kaori’s heart is expressed through her instrument. Can this unconventional violinist revive Kousei’s broken spirit with the music of her soul? Based on the award-winning manga of the same //